The series’ success is contingent on a pilot (Kolstad is writing the script). However, Hulu is apparently putting a lot of faith into the production. If it works well, it’ll be a “flagship” show that could theoretically receive the same level of promotion as a blockbuster like The Handmaid’s Tale.
There are still plenty of unanswered questions. Will this attract top-notch stars? And more importantly, will it stand on its own merits if you’ve never touched one of the games? The Hitman movies from 2007 and 2015 struggled in that respect. They had some appeal if you had fond memories of performing stealthy kills in-game, but they were generic, forgettable action flicks for virtually everyone else. Kolstad’s involvement offers hope, though. It suggests that Hulu genuinely cares about the quality, and that you may see one of the first video game-based shows that feels like much, much more than a cheap cash-in.